Coming into the festival I was excited to see that The Big Sick was actually playing after it did so well at Sundance, and considering its content. I’ll get into the plot in a bit, but the content I’m talking about is that it is an adaptation of the writing team of Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars) and Emily V. Gordon’s relationship. I’ve been a fan of Kumail for quite some time and I know Emily from podcasts he’s done with her and as such I felt kind of close to their story already. So I was excited to see if it held up with more detail and a dramatization of it all.
I’ve made it no small secret that I am a big fan of the James Bond franchise and all of their films. Those of you that know the series well will likely have a question for what is widely considered biggest shortcoming of any official Bond film (so, not counting Never Say Never Again) and that is, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. George Lazenby stars in it as the second actor to play Bond and also as the only one to do it just once, and his story is even more interesting than that. That interesting story is what is the focus of Becoming Bond to tell, from Lazenby’s own words, so it easily topped my list of must see films this year at SXSW. I got into the premier and its time for me to tell you what I think.
Walking Out popped up on my radar as I’m a fan of one of it’s stars, Matt Bomer, so I chose it over a few other options. I knew the basic summary going in but that was about it which is always the best way to see a film so I was ready to go for a drama. I don’t really have much else to say on that though so let’s get right to our review.
You know what’s a great feeling at a festival: Knowing nothing about a movie and maybe not even being that interested and then suddenly needing to see it. That was the case for me with Atomic Blonde since even just reading the description slightly I didn’t think I was interested until the trailer showed up a few days before the premier. Seeing a crazy action movie with Charlize Theron and directed by David Leitch who co-directed John Wick had me waiting in line 2 hours during SXSW to see this one and to be able to give you this review now.
When I went into This is Your Death while at SXSW I was excited by the talent behind it, but admittedly I wasn’t so sure on the story. Some of you may know this old story of watching a trailer and guessing the plot. All things considered I feel that may not be the case for everyone going in but either way it still left me excited to see Giancarlo Esposito’s direction as this was the first time I’d seen him do so, even if it was his second outing. But that is enough rambling, without further ado lets get into it
I was surprised back in 2013 when I heard that Olympus Has Fallen wasn’t too bad since it seemed like braindead action crap. I always like Aaron Eckhart and like Gerard Butler enough so it shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did but not enough to see it. Another thing that surprised me was that they were deciding to make a sequel coming out 3 years later. But with how surprisingly good the first one supposedly was, I was pretty excited going into my screening.
One movie that struck me right from the trailer leading up to the festival was certainly Victoria, as heist movie by the director of Run Lola Run all done in one 2 hour take. If I didn’t already love heist films the technical challenge presented is enough to make me want to see this film so I we ecstatic to have it as my first film on Day 2 of Fantastic Fest. Now that I’m well on the other side of that screening and day I’m happy to bring share with you about this movie.
I will fully admit that I kind of avoided Felt at Fantasitc Fest when it premiered for the same reason I had a hard time getting into the movie when I recently watched it for review. Its not that I thought it would be bad or even an aversion to discussion of rape and gender issues (if you know anything about Fantastic Fest you know that isn’t unusual ground for the movies) but rather it was the naturalist approach to the movie. This is a movie supremely grounded in reality to the point that it makes you uncomfortable frequently and makes the ominous tones throughout really worrying.
If you’ve read the site for a while now you should understand my tastes enough to even expect that I am a big fan of the Fast and Furious series of movies. So Furious 7, even with the regrettable looming specter of Paul Walker’s unfortunate death, has been one of my biggest movies of the summer behind only Avengers 2: Rise of Ultron. With a much lauded showing as SXSW I was beyond excited for my midnight screening and now that that’s done I am happy to pass me feelings and experience on to you guys!
Written by: Ben
I have made it no secret that I am a big chicken when it comes to horror movies, though I also love the good ones. Its certainly not every day or even every month that a good one comes along so I generally don’t get excited for them until I hear from others. But Fantastic Fest is always the exception to that rule because there is usually at least a half dozen horror movies and frequently they are all at least good if not great. This year I sadly didn’t have time to see many of them, but I was informed after the first screening that I had to see The Babadook so see it I did.